Brandolini , Filippo

Filippo Brandolini
Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Dr. Filippo Brandolini is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research Fellow conducting research jointly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) and Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy). As a member of the Joint Program on Climate Change Science and Policy at the MIT Energy Initiative, he is contributing to the study of nature-based solutions for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) within the MIT Integrated Global System Modeling (IGSM) framework, focusing on the human system component, the Economic Projection and Policy Analysis (EPPA) model. Filippo's research delves into geospatial data analysis, manipulation, and interpretation techniques, with a keen focus on the interplay between historical land-use strategies and environmental sustainability to combat climate change effects.


Filippo holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, where his work focused on geoarchaeological and environmental sciences. He also earned two Master's degrees in Geoarchaeological Sciences and Archaeology from the same institution. Filippo's research spans a variety of interdisciplinary domains, including landscape modeling, geospatial statistics, and GIS, with particular expertise in Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) changes. As a Research Associate (2020-2023) at the Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), he was P.I. of the MSCA project HiLSS and a team member of the TerraSAgE project. Filippo made significant contributions to understanding the impact of historical landscape changes on environmental and geomorphic processes, aiming to inform strategies for mitigating climate change.


Filippo is the P.I. of his MSCA project, RhECAST. The RhECAST project takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines historic LULC changes, computer-based modeling, and soil geochemistry. It focuses on one of the main European hotspots of atmospheric pollution, the Po-Venetian Plain (PVP) in Italy. A key innovation of the project is the development of a geospatial model to determine the environmental and economic effects of recasting the current PVP’s industrial agriculture with historical agroforestry systems on climate change mitigation.


Recent Publications

Brandolini, Filippo, Tim C. Kinnaird, Aayush Srivastava, and Sam Turner. 2023. “Modelling the Impact of Historic Landscape Change on Soil Erosion and Degradation.” Scientific Reports 13 (1): 4949.

Brandolini, Filippo, Manuela Pelfini, and Sam Turner. 2023. “The Evolution of Historic Agroforestry Landscape in the Northern Apennines (Italy) and Its Consequences for Slope Geomorphic Processes.” Land 12 (5): 1054.

Rayne, Louise, Filippo Brandolini, Jen Lavris Makovics, Emily Hayes-Rich, Jackson Levy, Hope Irvine, Lima Assi, and Youssef Bokbot. 2023. “Detecting Desertification in the Ancient Oases of Southern Morocco.” Scientific Reports 13 (1): 19424.

Education + Credentials
Ph.D. Environmental Science (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) 2020
M.S. Geoarchaeological Science (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) 2015
M.A. Archaeology (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) 2012